From Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, the physician behind the trusted and wildly popular website Nutritionfacts.org, and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, comes a beautifully-designed, comprehensive cookbook complete with more than 120 recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages.
Dr. Michael Greger’s first traditionally published book, How Not to Die, presented the scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of premature death and disability. Now, The How Not to Die Cookbook puts that science into action. From Superfood Breakfast Bites to Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca to Two-Berry Pie with Pecan-Sunflower Crust, every recipe in The How Not to Die Cookbook offers a delectable, easy-to-prepare, plant-based dish to help anyone eat their way to better health.
Rooted in the latest nutrition science, these easy-to-follow, stunningly photographed recipes will appeal to anyone looking to live a longer, healthier life. Featuring Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen―the best ingredients to add years to your life―The How Not to Die Cookbook is destined to become an essential tool in healthy kitchens everywhere.
After having learned from “How Not to Die” about the long-term health benefits of a whole plant-based diet, I ran into the challenges of how to cook in this new way. After all, it’s not enough to just avoid meat, dairy, & processed foods. You need to get your complete nutrition. Before this cookbook came out, I was struggling to piece together recipes that I found online. The trouble with that method was that (a.) I had no way of knowing whether the recipes I was selecting fit together to ensure that I was covering all my nutritional bases; (b.) it takes a lot of time to hunt down recipes online that are not only whole-food plant-based but also practical and tasty; and (c.) as a result I found myself stuck in a rut, cooking the same dishes over and over. That’s no good. A new way of eating needs to be fun in order to sustain it over the long term.
The “How Not to Die Cookbook” solves all of these problems. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and have purchased a copy for every household on my Christmas list.
Some things that I especially like about this cookbook:
– It offers a wide variety of nutritient-packed recipes. (Some cookbooks feel like “100 variations on quinoa salad.” This one offers something for everyone…. even a vegan version of Mac & Cheese.)
– Every recipe I’ve tried so far is delicious. (Unlike my experience with many other cookbooks, which are hit-and-miss).
– The recipes I have tried are also are pretty quick to prepare. (This is coming from someone who is used to cooking from scratch. People who are transitioning away from processed foods will have to keep in mind that cooking whole plant-based foods does require SOME time.)
– Each recipe includes a photograph, and the photos are beautiful. (This is helpful when choosing or cooking a recipe for the first time).
– It’s flexible. The authors encourage you to experiment with substitutions, and provide ideas in many of the recipes for substitutions. This is helpful for people who don’t like a particular ingredient that’s called for, or simply don’t have it on hand.
– The beginning of the book includes instructions on how to make & store large quantities of the staple ingredients that are used in many of the recipes (almond milk, vegetable broth, spice mix, etc.).
– For those who haven’t read “How Not to Die” but are interested in an evidence-based eating, the beginning of the book includes a summary of the most important findings from “How Not to Die.”
– In the back of the book there are complete meal plans for two whole weeks, which really helps me to get a concrete picture of what complete nutrition looks like over the course of the day.
– To make it easier to freestyle your meal-planning, each recipe comes with an easy-reference list telling you which of Dr. Greger’s “daily dozen” foods the dish contains.